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If that is the case, the way to handle it is for the manager
to decide how *he* is going to respond to the "offhand
comments," and if necessary ask the employee for
some supporting documentation, as in "I'd like you to
list the activities of a typical work-at-home day so the
next time this comes up I can throw them back at the
person making the comment." Just mentioning it to
her "somewhat off-handedly" and then leaving her to
slowly turn in the wind trying to devise a plan to
somehow impress the "coworkers" making the "off-
handed comments" - especially if their specific
identities were not shared with her - can't be
described as anything else but "spineless manager"
----- Original Message -----
From: "Pro TechWriter" <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
Cc: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2008 11:54 AM
Subject: Re: WaH
> Could be the boss is just verifying to be sure that the work is getting
> done. That way, boss person can continue to tell the nosy askee, "Of course
> she's getting a lot done. She's on target with her deadlines. Why do you
> ask?" I've been in a position to answer that question too, as a supervisor.
> I am fortunate--I check my work in frequently into our source control
> system, with remarks like "updated two topics; created three new topics;
> updated TOC."
> One strategy I have tried with some success is to send out "topic" review
> copies instead of sections or chapters (or heaven forbid, whole documents!).
> I can send those out every day, and my average is about, oh, 20 or more. So
> that's a hefty e-mail to the team with a "please review" notice.
> :-) I would be tempted to start sending daily reviews in this instance,
> because it sounds like *someone* does not have enough to do, and is ISN'T
> YOU! LOL
> On Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 10:06 AM, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:
>> Of course, depending on your working relationship
>> with your boss, you could ask why what "everyone"
>> perceives is such an issue when it is your boss
>> who evaluates your performance, in or out of the
>> office, and ask wheher he/she is not receiving
>> adequate information from you to do that and
>> what he/she wants to see to improve that. Or is
>> the person raising this to your boss your boss'
>> Gene KIm-Eng
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: <arroxaneullman -at- aol -dot- com>
>> To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
>> Sent: Friday, September 12, 2008 7:32 AM
>> Subject: Re: WaH
>> > When my boss mentioned it I said I'd investigate ways to better track my
>> > progress for everyone to see. So, investigating I am.
>> > :)
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